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South California: A Straight to TV Movie

In Domestic Policy on July 6, 2011 at 10:48 pm

Alec Weisman

One of the perpetual jokes of people in Southern California is that we should split California into SoCal and NorCal. “Those NorCal people fail,” we joke. “They say hella and brag about how they are from the ‘yay area’ aka San Fransicko or Bezerkely. Plus they lack our weather.” “SoCal equals #winning. We bankroll California, and all we get from NorCal is water and taxes.” Some of us joke that California is really four states: Southern Oregon (everything north of Sonoma County), NorCal (from Sonoma, Napa, and Sacramento Counties south to Monterrey, Kings, Tulare, and Inyo Counties), SoCal (San Luis Obispo, Kern and San Bernadino Counties south to Orange and Riverside Counties), and LoCal (San Diego and Imperial Counties). But how feasible are plans to divide up the world’s 5th largest economy in reality? In addition, why are plans being mentioned now? A discussion of the legality and historical background of in-state secession movements is necessary to accompany this discussion.

Riverside County Supervisor, Jeff Stone, last week proposed for 13 counties to secede from the state and become a new state, South California. These 13 counties he calls for to join this new state are Riverside, Imperial, San Diego, Orange, San Bernardino, Kings, Kern, Fresno, Tulare, Inyo, Madera, Mariposa and Mono. In addition, in Mr. Stone’s version of South California, the state would lack term limits, is composed of a part-time legislature and contains provisions similar to those of Proposition 13.

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